Ghana’s VP Bawumia gets ruling party nod for 2024 presidential run

Ghana’s ruling NPP party on Saturday chose the country’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia as their candidate for the 2024 presidential ballot, according to results from primaries released by the electoral commission.

The West African country is undergoing its worst economic crisis in years, which will be a major electoral issue next year when President Nana Akufo-Addo steps down after seeking a $3 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

Bawumia, a former deputy central bank governor, had been widely touted by pollsters to win the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidacy and face opposition National Democratic Congress candidate, ex-president John Dramani Mahama.

“I will give the NPP its best chance to win,” Bawumia told reporters on Thursday. “I am committed to the unity of the NPP, and I as the party’s flagbearer will bring everybody on board.”

Bawumia had already won the first round of voting for the NPP. The former financial official is the first Muslim candidate to lead the ethnic Akan-dominated NPP party.

A major cocoa and gold producer, Ghana also has oil and gas reserves.

But its debt load has expanded and like other sub-Saharan African nations it has struggled with the economic fallout from the global pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.


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